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AIDS Services of Dallas benefits from 13th Annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party

On Apr. 7, more than 1,500 guests joined No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party Chair Leslie Frye, Honorary Co-Chairs Dr. Steven Pounders and Kameron Westcott, and Publicity Chair Susan Friedman, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum to celebrate AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD), which has been creating and strengthening communities for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS since the 1980’s. The event was presented by the Purple Foundation.

Leslie Frye and D'Andra Simmons

Leslie Frye and D’Andra Simmons

With cocktails and desserts in hand, guests danced the night away, enjoying non-stop entertainment provided by the high-energy band, The Jam Wows, singing popular 80’s hits and stellar performances by drag queens, Patti Le Plae Safe, Star Michaels, Angela Karrmichael and Analee Pleasured. Spectacular live and silent auction items included one-of-a-kind experiences and packages from a four-night stay at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, to a Dallas Showroom Shopping Experience at Bungalow 5, and even an Elton John VIP Package. Art enthusiasts enjoyed bidding on a selection of over 150 art pieces – many original works from local designers – plus the featured painting created by No Tie’s art curator and artist Christina Yielding. The evening concluded as Honorary Co-Chairs, Dr. Pounders and Kameron Westcott passed their crowns to the newly elected Prom Queen, LeeAnne Locken, and King, John Rieger.


Additional attendees included: ASD President/CEO Don Maison, ASD board member and founder of No Tie Dennis Kershner and his partner John Moreno; former ASD Chairman of the Board and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Don Neubauer; No Tie Past Chair David Nelson; Purple Foundation’s Chris Huffstutler, Chandler Rasnake, James Hall and Erik Vasquez; BRAVO’s Real Housewives of Dallas additional cast members D’Andra Simmons, Cary Deuber, Stephanie Hollman, and Brandi Redmond; media personality Amy Vanderoef, and Tricia Sims. Kristi Holman of K&L Management produced the event.

*Photos courtesy of 2nd2Nunn Photography


The mission of AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD) is to create and strengthen healthy communities through the delivery of quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. ASD’s mission includes advocacy, education, and the development of affordable housing options and community development opportunities, both for its residents living with HIV/AIDS, and for economically disadvantaged people. For more information about ASD, visit


Established in 2001, Purple Foundation, an all-volunteer non-profit, has raised more than $750,000 to support local charities that improve the lives of people in the Dallas area who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Funds are raised through numerous dance fundraisers and social events throughout the year, including their premier, electrifying Purple Party Weekend featuring some of the world’s most popular DJs. publishes every week.
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